Monday, May 20, 2019

Larison: Trump's Big Lie About The [Iran] Nucler Deal

Conservatives are delusional about the Iran nuclear deal. I guess it's an extension of their ODS generally: the Obama administration did the deal...ergo it's bad...awful...Kenyan.... They seem to think that, because they can imagine a possible deal they'd like better, the actual deal is bad. As if there were no other party involved in the deal, with actual interests that actually constrain agreement.
Anyway, Larison writes:
The president and other administration officials have been telling lies for months that Iran still seeks nuclear weapons, but they are rarely called out for it. Trump’s declaration that he won’t “let” Iran have nuclear weapons is disturbing because it shows how divorced from reality he and his Iran policy are. At one point in the interview, he asserts that “five years from now, they’re going to have an open path to making nuclear weapons.” There’s no truth to that. It is a total fabrication. If a path to nuclear weapons existed for Iran, the nuclear deal closed it off. The thing that Trump insists he will stop has already been stopped by the deal that he stupidly calls a “horror show.” Of course, his FoxNews interviewer doesn’t challenge him when he says demonstrably false things like this.
I'm not wild about the way this is all going.


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